Teddy Bridgewater surprised coach with two weeks of progress

AP

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was gone for two weeks, and he’s still recovering from his latest eye surgery.

But he could easily see a difference in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Zimmer said he was amazed by the strides made by his quarterback who is coming back from a traumatic knee injury.

“I come back and I said, ‘Wow, Teddy! He’s moving better,’ ’’ Zimmer said Tuesday. “Quite a bit better in my opinion. But he’s still got a long way to go.’’

Bridgewater suffered a dislocated left kneecap and a torn ACL last August, and isn’t expected to be able to start the regular season. He hasn’t been cleared for full practice yet, but has been doing individual drills and increased work on the side. That work wasn’t always able to be seen on the videos sent to Zimmer while he relaxed after his eighth eye surgery.

“He’s happy with the progress,” Zimmer said. “I know he’s very impatient about wanting to get out there and go, but we have to do it within the best interest [for] him in the long run. At the end, the final say is going to be from the doctors.”

And as we all know, Zimmer is serious about listening to the doctors. Now.

20 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater surprised coach with two weeks of progress

  1. Teddy’s a rare breed. You can see it in his eyes, and in the way he carries himself. That why Vikings fans love him so.

    He’s a lousy bet against.

    Btw, welcome back Coach 🙂 !

  2. Teddy is the most intriguing player on the team even though he probably won’t play this season. It will be fascinating to see how the Vikings handle the quarterback situation with Bradford being a free agent after this year.

  3. Love the fact that Teddy has made so much progress.
    Some things are much more important than petty football allegiances.

    I sincerely hope this kid wins his starting job back, and that he, Zim and Spielman are able to lead the Vikings for many seasons to come.
    Many, many more seasons.

  4. The Vikings need this guy back. In 13 games, he threw 14 TD passes in his first season, and followed up with another 14 in 16 games the following year. He has 7 less career INT’s than TD’s. To top it off, he led his team to 9 points in a first-round home playoff loss. Some silly Viking fans like fmc651 mistakenly thought that Bridgewater was the reason for an increase in wins when it was actually the defense that was doing the heavy lifting. He’s a nice guy with some good intangibles who manages a game reasonably safely, but there is nothing special about him from an objective standpoint. He was able to get out of trouble with his legs, and he probably will no longer have that ability.

  5. I think people forget that Teddy had to learn an entirely new offense that didn’t cater to his strengths after Week 1 of his rookie year. It turned out Adrian Peterson couldn’t take a handoff out of the shotgun and nobody figured that out until the first game. So the offense he spent his rookie year and the entire offseason working on was thrown out so that Peterson could contribute to the team. He was never comfortable in the offense and they almost never threw the ball when they were inside the 10-yard line. Anyone who thinks that’s the best he can do has no idea what they’re talking about. I hope he gets the chance to run an offense that is designed for him.

  6. Enough of the Minnesota excuse machine for QB’s. Many teams change offenses and play with poor lines. Tom Brady took one of the worst- O-lines to the AFC Championship Game a couple of years ago,

    Jay Cutler went through 6 different coordinators and offenses in his 8 seasons in Chicago, including a radically different offense with Mike Martz, and some horrible offensive lines- yet Cutler was accountable for his quarterbacking. I’ve never heard a Vikings’ fan mention this about Cutler, but when it’s one of their QB’s they have every excuse known to mankind to explain away their quarterbacking. It’s ridiculous.

  7. frank booth says:
    Jun 7, 2017 4:08 PM
    Enough of the Minnesota excuse machine for QB’s. Many teams change offenses and play with poor lines. Tom Brady took one of the worst- O-lines to the AFC Championship Game a couple of years ago,

    Jay Cutler went through 6 different coordinators and offenses in his 8 seasons in Chicago, including a radically different offense with Mike Martz, and some horrible offensive lines- yet Cutler was accountable for his quarterbacking. I’ve never heard a Vikings’ fan mention this about Cutler, but when it’s one of their QB’s they have every excuse known to mankind to explain away their quarterbacking. It’s ridiculous.

    ***

    Were Tom Brady and Cutler rookies through all of those changes and had Matt Cassell as the veteran mentor?

  8. Apples & oranges. No other qb in this league and that includes Brady, had to perform behind lines that were starting 3rd string left and right tackles, zero. There’s a huge difference between average lines, which is the fault of the GM and head coach for not acquiring better talent, than what Bradford had to deal with last year. Put Brady behind a line that includes guys off the practice squad, and others who are 3 or 4 on the depth chart at their positions, and not only doesn’t his team even get to the superbowl, they more than likely don’t break .5oo.

  9. fake booth-
    Tom Brady took one of the worst- O-lines to the AFC Championship Game a couple of years ago,

    Jay Cutler went through 6 different coordinators and offenses in his 8 seasons in Chicago.
    ))))))))))))))))
    Stop your babbling false narrative fake. Jay never had a coordinator leave mid season. And Brady might not have had the best line but they were far from one of the worst lines in the NFL. I am not saying the Vikings had the worst line either but last year they were in the conversation due to injuries.

  10. #1. Can’t use last year’s oline and Bridgewater’s play in the same discussion. I hope I don’t have to explain why…..

    #2. Frank…. how many years have you been staring at a talented qb with a big arm and great stats and no leadership skills? You can attack Bridgewater’s to numbers all you want, but we Viking fans were impressed by what you can’t Google and looking forward to what he could do with a few more weapons to utilize.

    #3. Odds are that the discussion is moot. Very few qbs come back from serious leg injuries. The likely outcome is that he kicks around for a few years as a backup before retiring.

  11. No false narrative there- never said Cutler had a coordinator leave in mid-season. There’s this thing about continuity in the NFL, or in anything. Almost anyone could understand that changing coordinators and systems every year would be difficult and frustrating and counter-productive to an organization, whether in sports or business.

    Brady did have one of the worst lines in 2015. PFF had them 25th overall, 31st in pass-blocking, which occurs when the QB drops back to pass. If you followed the NFL back then, you would have heard multiple times about the Patriots offensive line woes that year. 8 different starters, same as the Vikings’ last year. 2 were 4th-round rookies, one was an undrafted free agent. They had to start a 4th stringer (Cameron Fleming) at LT, and he had never played the position in his entire life. Brush up on the facts, son.

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